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Animal Welfare at Slaughter

Read more about the Danish rules and regulations concerning the slaughter and killing of animals.

​Veterinary officers control the provisions on movement, lairaging, restraint, stunning and slaughter of animals at the slaughterhouse.

Animal welfare at the time of slaughter
In Denmark, national legislation concerning slaughter and killing of animals complements Council Regulation No. 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing.

Ritual slaughter with previous stunning
In Denmark, slaughter according to religious rites is allowed with prior stunning. Cattle, sheep, goats and chickens can be slaughtered according to religious rites with prior stunning. 

It is a condition that slaughter of animals prescribed by religious rites with prior stunning takes place at a slaughterhouse.

 
Slaughterhouses that wish to slaughter according to religious rites with prior stunning are obliged to register at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
For more information on the national legislation on protection of animals at the time of killing (Executive Order No 135 of 14 February 2014 on the slaughtering and killing of animals), see link to the website below.
 
Depopulation operations and animal welfare
 
According to article 18 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, the competent authority must by 30 June each year transmit a report to the Commission on the depopulation operations carried out during the previous year and make it publicly available via the Internet.
 
 
Animal welfare rules and regulations
Last Modified 30. June 2016